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Waheeda Rehman in Romeo-Juliet Project

Waheeda Rehman set to be part of Aparna Sen’s Romeo-Juliet project

Aparna Sen’s Arshinagar -  a contemporary take on the Romeo –Juliet tale is set to get its biggest star yet. No, we’re not talking about Dev, or even the director herself . Waheeda Rehman will soon be on the floors to shoot for the film, which will see her in the role of a benevolent and loving matriarch.

The elegant yesteryear legend, who was also part of Aparna’s 15 Park Avenue, will be seen here as Dadijaan, a loving grandmother who is very indulgent about Julekha, the character played by the female lead, Rittika. Her name and description tie up with her last big release, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6, where she played Dadi, the gentle grandmom to Abhishek Bachchan’s character.

Waheeda Rehman set to be part of Aparna Sen’s Romeo-Juliet project

Arshinagar will see Roopa Ganguly and Kaushil Sen as the son and daughter of Dadijaan. While Rittika plays Kaushik’s daughter, Roopa’s son is played by Jisshu U Sengupta, the negative lead. Dadijaan plays a catalyst in Dev and Rittika’s relationship.

A lot of thought has reportedly gone into Waheeda’s look. As a Kkandaani Muslim lady, she will exude understated sophistication, with black and grey shararas paired with lace and chiffon dupattas. Shrikant Mohta os Shree Venkatesh Films, the producers. Said, “It’s a great honour to have Waheeda Rehman in the film. We couldn’t think of anyone else to play an elegant Dadijaan. She will be shooting in Kolkata on March 21 and 22.”

The Ensemble cast also includes…

Aparna Sen’s Arshinagar is turning out to be a star – studded project.Actress Jaya Seal Ghosh and filmmaker Kamakeswar Mukherjee are also part of the film. While Jaya plays Dev’s mother, Kamakeswar will be seen as Salim Saab, Rittika’s music teacher. Jaya said, “I’m playing Rono’s (Dev) mother Madhusree, a dancer and a very supportive parent. This role has a younger and an older version in the movie.” Kamaleswar, who started shooting on Tuesday, tolt that “I’m a huge Aparna Sen fan and I still can’t believe Rinadi cast me in her film. Salim saab’s character is very string and rebellious and In had a lively experience on the sets.”


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